9989Loop hike info?
- Aug 6, 2005Coy--
I did much of that loop in Feb. as a weekend hike. I
parked in the public parking area just beyond the
entrance to Standing Indian Campground. We went up
the Long Branch Trail to Glassmine Gap, then went
clockwise until it intersected the Kimsey Creek Trail.
(I was attempting to repeat that circuit when I got
rained out by that tropical storm a few weeks ago.)
The schedule I worked by in Feb. was driving to the
Nantahala Friday evening and camping at Rock Gap
Shelter. Moving the car to the parking near Standing
Indian Sat. morning, hiking up the Long Branch Trail
and on the AT to Carter Gap Shelter Saturday. Sunday
we hiked from Carter Gap to Standing Indian Shelter by
lunchtime, then started down the Kimsey Creek Trail.
At that point it was not at all well marked and we
spent about four hours trying to find our way back to
the car. (It looked like about a two-mile hike on the
map, but the Kimsey Creek Trail had been rerouted and
much distance added.) The campground was closed for
the season and there was no one around to ask for
directions. It was about 4 when we finally got to the
It sounds as if you're planning to make a slightly
longer loop by starting at Rock Gap instead of
Glassmine Gap. It's definitely do-able if you can get
in even a couple of miles Sunday night.
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